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NY1 Tours Safe Horizon Shelter For Victims Of Gender-Based Violence

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Every year at this time, organizations that fight gender-based violence join together for an international campaign.

As part of the effort to spotlight the issue, NY1 had the exclusive opportunity to tour a Safe Horizon shelter for victims.

There are nine shelters throughout the five boroughs where women and children can go to get out of the grasp of their abusers.

NY1 tagged along with the Executive Director of the United Nations Women organization as she visited one of them, but NY1 is not revealing its location to protect the residents.

"We house about 700 people every day," said Ariel Zwang, the CEO of Safe Horizon. "That's women and children who have escaped from a batterer and sleep safely under our roof, knowing the batterer cannot get to them while they're in our shelters."

"A place where I can go and just be and just cry and just pour out all of my feelings, what I was feeling at the moment, and Safe Horizon was that place for me," said the Rev. Lisa Robinson, who used Safe Horizon's services.

"It doesn't matter whether we succeed in access to education, issues of health, sustainable development if we have women being abused," said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Safe Horizon is the country's largest service provider for victims of crime and abuse.

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